Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Virgle: Branson and Google to Colonize Mars

This isn't a joke... or is it?

(wink wink, nudge nudge)

For thousands of years,

the human race has spread out across the Earth, scaling mountains and plying the oceans, planting crops and building highways, raising skyscrapers and atmospheric CO2 levels, and observing, with tremendous and unflagging enthusiasm, the Biblical injunction to be fruitful and multiply across our world's every last nook, cranny and subdivision.

An invitation.

Earth has issues, and it's time humanity got started on a Plan B. So, starting in 2014, Virgin founder Richard Branson and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be leading hundreds of users on one of the grandest adventures in human history: Project Virgle, the first permanent human colony on Mars.

The question is, do you want to join us?

Ever yearned to journey to the stars?

I'm already ready for April Fool's Day to be over. I think I'll stay home. I'm an AFD scrooge.

via Neatorama


mike belgrove said...

Even my hip hop blog Highbrid Nation had to report on project Virgle. If it is indeed real, then it is huge and is major in the area of space exploration. However I fear that it is indeed and elaborate April Fool's Day hoax. I guess we'll know for sure if announcements continue after today. Personally I'd love to see the two companies team up considering what they already have done with the Lunar X Prize and Virgin Galactic.

John M. said...

Hi Mike,

Yes indeed, it is one of Google's many AFD pranks. Had me going for a second.

Funny thing is, if anyone could pull it of, it would be Branson and the Googles.